The origins of our Mango Twist tea reside in a Hindu legend, where a mango tree grew from the ashes of the sun princess, who had been incinerated by an evil sorceress. When the ripened mango fell to the ground, the beautiful princess emerged again.
Mangoes originated in Southeast Asia, where they had been cultivated for over 4,000 years. Since their discovery, mango groves have spread to many parts of the world, though mostly the tropical and sub-tropical climates. There are over 1,000 different varieties of the mango plant in existence, and India alone produces half of the world’s supply. Mangoes are used widely in the culinary world, from sweet sticky rice, to delicate chutneys, to spicy and savoury pickles. It’s also an important part of non-food life in several cultures; both the fruit and leaves are used for decoration, religious ceremonies and weddings.
Tempting Raspberry is a blend of fresh, crisp green tea from China with sweetly tart red raspberry flavour. The genus Raspberry consists of over 200 distinct species, however, only two of these are presently cultivated. The first mention of raspberry comes from the people of Troy (Helen perhaps?), located in modern-day Turkey. Its original name was ‘ida’ – a reference to the mountain on which it was first spotted. The medicinal properties believed to cluster in its leaves were of more interest to its early users than the sweet, red fruit. Today, you can find red raspberries, as well as black, purple and golden.
Fujian Pekoe is a green tea from the Fujian province of China. In professional tea terms, ‘Pekoe’ is actually just a grade of tea, referring to the size of the leaf. Many tea drinkers have seen this term on packages of everyday black teas (most famously, ‘Orange Pekoe’). Green pekoe can only be picked and made in Spring. The condition in the Guzhang county area is suitable for planting this green tea. The Guzhang village factory in Fujian province must make the tea leaves in the same day of picking. They never use yesterday’s leaves to make this tea. As a result, our green pekoe has a pleasant smell with beautiful green soup.
Gunpowder is a classic green tea from Zhejiang province, China. As the name implies, Gunpowder tea is made up of leaves hand-rolled into tiny pellets. These resemble gunpowder, and give this tea its distinct name.
Gunpowder is a very famous tea, inside and outside of China. Gunpowder is widely consumed throughout the Middle East, often blended with fresh mint and sugar. In China, this tea is called Green Pearl tea; the tight roll of the leaves helps retain flavour and aroma for much longer than many other greens. A delicate shine on the pellets indicate the tea is quite fresh.
These individually packed unbleached tea sacks are hand packed with artisan full leaf tea. Explore the different blends at the comfort of your home. Try something new and give out a tea sack to a friend who needs a good cup of tea to get through the day!